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Fire at Eagle Park leaves owners arm burnt

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CACHE, OK (KSWO)- Two historic structures in Cache - gone following a late-night fire.
And the blaze left one of the property owners with a severely burned arm after trying to put it out.

The fire started in Eagle Park around 10:20 p.m. March 23rd.


The buildings that were destroyed were the Frisco Depot, which was the train depot for the rail line that passed through Cache, and the quartermaster's house for the train master.


Both structures were built in 1901.

Authorities estimated the damage to those buildings totals about 125-thousand dollars.

 
Fortunately, Quanah Parker's famous Star House, which was built in the late 18-hundreds was left undamaged.


"I was on my way home and I looked to the west of 115 and I saw an orange glow in the sky,” said Wayne Gipson, Eagle Park co-owner. “I couldn't see how far away it was so I ran the circle of the block and came down to the top of the hill and looked down here and there was you know flames everywhere."

Gipson was the first person on the scene when he noticed a fire on his property.

He immediately called 911 and his sister Ginger Seibold for help.

"He had seen a kind of a glow and didn't like what he saw,” said Seibold. “He went to investigate and found out there was a fire."

While Gibson investigated he burned his arm trying to stop the fire.

"I needed help,” said Gipson. “It wasn't something you could go stand bout because it was burning over there behind the barn and scar area and even out here too."

Firefighters responded within five minutes and noticed grass, a carport and shed on fire.

Authorities worked quickly to put out the grass fire however, they've had to continue working into this afternoon to control the smoke as the fire in the debris of the two structures.

"Many showed up,” said Gipson. “Cache and Indiahoma were here and some of Comanche county. District three brought water trucks and a grater."

Seibold said although they've lost those buildings the memories will remain.
 
"Buildings can be rebuilt but, not the old part and the history,” said Seibold. “It's very important to us and this generation to teach the younger generation about the history and what these buildings mean to our area and southwest Oklahoma and to preserve that history and legacy."

However, Gipson doesn't feel as optimistic.

"I guess life goes on but things are changed forever,” said Gipson.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


We will keep you updated as more details develop.


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